We asked Sip cafe staff what it means to sip. They surprised us!

Sip Tip #1: Do what it says on the sign

You’ve read here before about our name; about the Sip Coffee and Beer House, about the Garage; about the coffee and beer part, and the Sip cafe concept we borrowed from Europe, and about what our idea for a Sip coffee bar is and what it isn’t.

But the one thing about our name we haven’t discussed much … in fact, we haven’t discussed it at all, is …


Maybe that’s because, in one sense, that was really pretty easy to come up with. Not a lot of brain strain on that part. If “coffee” and “beer” are both going to be in the name, what do they have in common? What’s the one thing you can do with both?

Sip, of course.

With beer, you can also chug, if you want. We don’t recommend it. We recommend chugging coffee even less. But we were going for more than just the action when we went with “Sip” for our verb. And in 2014 it was what we really wanted our new Sip coffee bar to be about.

Whatever you’re drinking — coffee, beer, wine, a cocktail — it takes time to sip it. When you sip, you’re not in a hurry. You’re in the moment. Maybe you’re out with friends, or just one special person. Maybe you’re out by yourself to enjoy a little alone time. But if you’re out, and you’re sipping, chances are that where you are in that moment is just where you want to be.

To us, that’s what it means to sip.

Sip cafe’s early days

Going back over this, remembering what it was like trying to come up with the name back then, got us started talking, in the House and in the Garage. Some of us are still around who were around back in 2013–14. Some of us have come along since, and things got kinda nostalgic explaining to the newer folk what it was like. We wanted them to understand what the originals in our crowd remembered — just about the name; about what “sip” means to us.

Hmmm, someone suggested. Sounds like an idea for a group project.

And so it came to be.

We told everybody who wanted to participate to submit a quote that includes the word “sip.” It didn’t need to be fancy. It didn’t need to be about beer or coffee. It didn’t even really need to be about drinking something.

The only rules:

  • Each quote had to mean something to the person who submitted it.
  • Since we thought we might use the quotes here, they couldn’t include anything that might be objectionable. (We were mostly successful in this, but we also made submissions anonymous, so … yeah. Some of them were pretty funny, too. You’ll have to take our word for it.)
  • The submitter was required to tell where the quote came from. Why? Because we had to learn how to do proper footnotes in English Comp I, so everybody has to do footnotes.

And that was it. So here they are, some favorite quotes about sipping from some of the people who know sipping best: the staff of Sip.

Sip’s quips

“I put it all to rest; my mind, my body, and all those nasty, gnawing fears. With each sip of tea I become whole, one again, with me.”

Dharlene Marie Fahl, author | entrepreneur | certified tea specialist

“The way you wear your hat, the way you sip your tea; The mem’ry of all that … No, no, they can’t take that away from me.”

“They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” song by George Gershwin Sung by Fred Astaire in the 1937 film musical, “Shall We Dance?”

“Our souls are satisfied one sip at a time.”

Marnie Swedberg, author from “Flow Through Vessel: How to master the habit of letting God flow through you”

“A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.”

Czech proverb

“Wilderness trails constitute a rare space in America marked by economic diversity. Lawyers and construction workers get bitten by the same mosquitoes and sip from the same streams; there are none of the usual signals about socioeconomic status, for most hikers are in shorts and a T-shirt and enveloped by an aroma that would make a skunk queasy.”

Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist | author
(Submitted by one of our resident hiking enthusiasts, no doubt)

“One sip of this will bathe the drooping spirits in delight, beyond the bliss of dreams.”

John Milton, from “Comus,” a masque first presented on Sept. 29, 1634, at Ludlow Castle, Shropshire
(Submitted by somebody who really paid attention in English Comp.)

“Busy, curious, thirsty fly,
Drink with me and drink as I!
Freely welcome to my cup,
could’st thou sip and sip it up.
Make the most of life you may;
Life is short and wears away.”“Busy, curious, thirsty fly,
Drink with me and drink as I!
Freely welcome to my cup,
could’st thou sip and sip it up.
Make the most of life you may;
Life is short and wears away.”

William Oldys, “The Fly” (song to a fly drinking out of his cup of ale)

“And it’s two bare feet on the dashboard,
young love and an old Ford;
Cheap shades and a tattoo,
and a Yoo-Hoo bottle on the floorboard.
Perfect song on the radio —
sing along, ’cause it’s one we know.
It’s a smile, it’s a kiss
It’s a sip of wine.
It’s summertime, sweet summertime.”

Kenny Chesney, “Summertime” by Craig Michael Wiseman and Steven McEwan

“A sip is the most that mortals are permitted from any goblet of delight.”

Amos Bronson Alcott, writer | philosopher | teacher | reformero

“Men, I feel, are like wine: Before buying, a real connoisseur takes a small sip and spits them out.”

Jill Tweedie, writer | broadcaster

“If we sip the wine, we find dreams coming upon us out of the imminent night.”

D.H. Lawrence, writer

That’s not all of the quotes, but it’s all we have room for here. Well, plus one more. The entrant didn’t exactly follow the rules — it’s attributed to “Anonymous” — but we’ll finish up with it because it sums up our hope for you every time you walk through the door of … ummm … what was the name again?

“May your day be as wonderful as the first sip.”

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    3617 N. Goldwater Blvd.
    Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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